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January 01 2015 @ 11:59 pm

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September 15 2016 @ 03:09 pm
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I found these online and thought I'd share since so many seemed interested last time and I was saving them anyway. LOL
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September 06 2016 @ 03:58 pm

I know they aren't everyone's cup of tea but I do adore these boys.

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September 02 2016 @ 10:17 am

I hope you have a great day!

Jill aka Jo
August 25 2016 @ 02:35 pm
This was a random things meme from way back with some updates because some things just don't apply anymore. You can answer any or all in comments and click the repost icon at the bottom to share with your friends.
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August 18 2016 @ 12:15 pm
My best friend has told me, so far, they aren't going to be evacuated but should the fire advance in their direction at all they will be leaving. Thankfully, the fire has turned west of them and winds are blowing in that directions which keeps the fire moving that way. The sad part is that it is advancing on a highly populated area. It would be nice if the fire would reverse a bit and burn back on itself which would make it extremely difficult for the fire to advance.

Yesterday night the fire was downgraded from 30,000 acres to 25,626 acres and gained a 4% containment. This morning it was reported to be 31,689 acres and still at 4% containment. Overnight fires tend to gain more ground because it is nearly impossible for helicopters to see where they will pick up water and exactly where it needs to be dropped despite the glow of the fire. However, the first night of this fire it grew approximately 10,000+ acres but last night it was only 6,000. This is progress. Hopefully they will gain more containment and the weather will aid them.

The worst thing about this, for me, was reading somewhere online that the Southern California fire season hasn't started. See in Southern California the fire season is usually later and more into fall when the Santa Ana winds kick up. So all the dryness from summer added with massive winds make a spark and inferno in no time. This is a rather scary thought considering SoCal has experienced several large fires already. My only hope is there will be enough burned already to prevent much from burning later... though California is huge so it is unlikely.

I wish this drought would end and we'd get a good downpour of rain.

I wanted to share these pictures with you from down by my best friends. It amazes me that I've been to some of these places and all I can do is pray for the residents there. These pictures are beautiful and terrifying all at once.

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Embers from a wildfire smolder along Lytle Creek Road near Keenbrook, CA

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Voting is open August 16 - August 22 at midnight PST.

We are down to the last 3 episodes and I think I know who might win as I was surprised by last weeks voting. No more voting episodes off. Now you are PICKING YOUR FAVORITE episode of the 3 remaining. And remember, pass along the link and get all your Outlander fans to join in.

Jill aka Jo
August 01 2016 @ 04:57 pm

Author: Sally MacKenzie
Series: Naked Nobility (#1,, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 6.5, 7)
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So what I thought this series was about really came down to the first book. In The Naked Duke the books starts out with a misunderstanding which leads said Duke to end up in the bed of a respectible lady completely naked. So I did believe all of these would have them in interesting situations like this in a Regency setting which is obviously a no no in such a time period. All the rules of propriety and what is socially acceptable where even waltzing is barely alound. But mostly these books weren't like that. They did have our heroes and heroines in scandulous situations but it often seemed to repeat to some degree and in some of the books even after they'd been found in such situations they didn't do what the time demanded and get married which made their lives pretty miserable and prolonged the story.

Now The Naked Earl was great in that the earl in question fled his own bedroom when an unwanted woman tries to trap him into marriage, only to end up in another woman's bedroom without cloths and is nearly discovered.

My favorite of the series was The Naked Laird and The Naked King. In The Naked Laird (which is a short story) the Laird and his estranged wife are attending the same party where the hostess takes it upon herself to try to bring the two back together by putting them up in the same room. Due to some sad events and, of course, misunderstanding they have been estranged for a decade after a miscarriage. But close quarters and a little bravery bring them together.

But in The Naked King it isn't actually a king but a man dubbed The King of Hearts. What happens is that in a series of rather silly events they are "compromised" on the street for passersby to see. Stephen simply nips the scandal in the bud by saying he is engaged to Anne who feels herself to be a confirmed spinster but finds she can't resist the man who is out to save her reputation and who decided almost immediately he'd be more than happy to marry her.

Overall the series is just middle ground but if you like regency romance and want something that doesn't require more than you to sit back and relax and enjoy the antics... this is a good series for you.
Jill aka Jo
July 12 2016 @ 12:52 pm
Dragonfly in Amber begins in 1968 at the wake of Rev. Reginald Wakefield. Roger is watching the Avengers with a group of children in a daze when Fiona comes and tells him he should really get back to his guests. Roger goes out and toasts his “father” [Rev. Wakefield was his Great Uncle but his adoptive father after the death of Roger’s parents].

Roger sees a red haired girl and goes looking for her. Getting distracted by those paying their respect he thinks he’s missed her when she finds him, asking if he’s Roger Wakefield. An older Claire appears reminiscing about how young Roger was the last time she saw him and him meeting her daughter but Roger says he’s not had the pleasure (boys got it so bad). Bree introduces herself. Then Claire explains she’s an old friend of his father’s and that her husband was also. Roger finally realizes Claire is Frank Randall’s wife. He mentions her being a nurse and she tells him she’s now a doctor but Brianna comments her mother is being modest because she’s actually a surgeon. Claire asks after Mrs. Graham and we learn she died a few years back. (So is that three deaths in the 1960s? Frank, Rev. Wakefield and Mrs. Graham.)

Claire goes to look around and remember her time at the Manse while Roger asks Brianna if it is her first time in Scotland. Brianna has always been interested in Scotland but they don’t have time to take in the sites which Roger thinks is a shame as it is a “beautiful, wild country.” Fiona appears and drags Roger off to say goodbye to his guests.

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Poll #2049530 Dragonfly in Amber

How many kilts would you give Dragonfly in Amber?

1 - Not a fan, ya ken?
2 - It was Outlander.
3 - I liked it fine.
4 - Really good.
5 - Bloody awesome.

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Okay the season is over now and I have to say if you haven't been watching... you should be because wow. Just wow. I think this might just be the best season yet. I felt like nearly every episode had this wow moment. No, it wasn't like in every episode there was a big reveal... only 2. But there are these moments. Little things that GOT is just getting right. You need to be watching this.

So I'm going to give my reactions for both episodes The Battle of Bastards and The Winds of Winter. If you've not watched either episode, don't read ahead unless you like spoiling everything for yourself. Some of you do. Oh and I have to warn you this post is GIFy. I found all these amazing gifs and I plan to use them.